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9.30.2002

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Postcards from Thailand (repost)

Want a postcard?. Not one of those electronic ones, but a genuine dead tree or plant of some sort soaked in chemicals, flattened, and imprinted with some sort of tourist-oriented photograph?

email me your postal addy by 10/01 (tomorrow).

Don't be shy. I won't sell your address to the gypsies. Promise. It's only mail. From Asia. Possibly Cambodia. How cool is that?

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9.29.2002

I went to the Folsom Street Fair today and took a few pictures. While there I bumped into old friends Patrick Hughes (well, okay, actually I went down there to see him) and Thomas Roche. I also bumped into one of my favorite cartoonists, Keith Knight. It was great to see Patrick and Thomas. I bought Keith's newest book and had him sign it for me. And I always enjoy the Folsom Street Fair; I thought it would be a fitting farewell to San Francisco.

But I wasn't in the mood for it today. I wasn't really even in the mood to take pictures. It's been one of those weeks.

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A Republican stream.



(more)

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Well shizzle my dizzle, bizzle. More Beato goodness. I'm glad O' Reilly has chosen to go after rappers. The eminent Tipper Gore notwithstanding, censors tend to be on the fast track to irrelevance. They're typically just a Tinky-Winky away from becoming a laughing stock.

I love The Simpsons as much as the next guy. But fair's fair, if you want to appoint yourself the culture police and make the nation's airwaves safe for the children (for the children are our future), you should start in your own neighborhood. On Bill O'Reilly's Fox Network, The Simpsons has had the following guests: Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Darryl Strawberry (Darryl Strawberry!), Beverly D'Angelo, Spinal Tap, Barry White, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Crosby, George Harrison, The Ramones, James Brown, Winona Ryder, Paul McCartney, Cypress Hill, Johnny Cash, and George Carlin. And that doesn't even include guests this century.

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He went to school, but barely learned to read or write. He never had a role model, a bedroom of his own or the will to talk about his problems.

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Osama wants me? Yikes.

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9.27.2002



"So given the shaky foundation on which Bill O'Reilly's blue-collar, workingman's persona rests, his recent vendetta against 24-year-old Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris, is somewhat surprising."
-- G. Beato, a writer who I've enjoyed for a long time and now seems to have his a weblog, wrote a great article on the current feud between Atlanta rapper Ludacris and Fox News poster child, Bill O'Reilly. (via MeFi)

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On My Way...


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If you look at my (recently updated) reading list, you'll see one of my favorite books this year is The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. I thought it was a spectacular book, full of ideas, even as it challeneged the way I think.

So I was taken aback recently when my friend Tommy, who also read the book, emailed me a link to a BBC story accusing Houellebecq of uttering some fairly off-the-wall stuff. The kind of stuff you expect from crazy-ass racists like Ann Coulter, not French novelists. Today, Houellebecq is being sued by four different Islamic organizations in France for some of his statements. The whole case is crazy, if quite interesting.

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9.26.2002

Peter has some great tips for SF newcomers

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Briefly



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Jeff?

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"There's no publicity machine promoting this. No invites. No leadership, no agenda, no definitive map and no Krispy Kremes for sale. It just happens."

There's an article on Critical Mass in today's paper. Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary. Ride, ride, ride!

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David Cassel has a pretty cool interview with Heather Havrilesky (of Suck and, later, The Rabbit Blog) in this week's LA Weekly. Salient quote: I knew and everyone at Suck knew that we were extremely lucky to get paid to write what we were writing, and we knew very well that it wouldn't last forever. I worked hard to save money back then, because once you get paid to write something that you really enjoy writing, you realize what a gift it is to be able to do what you really love, and you'll do anything to keep doing it.

Myself, I never realized this while I was riding the New Media electro-gray train until it was too late. And then there I was. Unemployed, but light years ahead of where I should have been. This whole electronet thingie came around just at the right time for me, and jump started my career. Lord knows if it weren't for the electronet of the late 90s I'd probably be a flak somewhere in middle America pimping petulant stories on my pathetically uninteresting corporate clients to disinterested alcoholic reporters covering the local water beat. So. Um. Yeah.

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Eric Umansky has a great story in The New York Times Week in Review.

It's on commercial satellites--essentially private spy satellites, like this one at Global Security.org that shows the Iraqi Tuwaitha Nuclear Center. And worse, if you're the pentagon, US base buildup in Qatar. Check it out.

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9.25.2002

I bet he did.

A man who survived three months adrift in the Pacific Ocean by collecting rainwater in a bucket and roasting the sea birds that landed on his sailboat thanked the crew of the U.S. warship that rescued him. (more info to be found on the LA Times registration-required site)

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Mother Jones has a good read on who's historically better for the economy, Republicans or Democrats.It's filled with fun facts like this: During the 20th century, The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose, on average, 7.3 percent per year under Republican presidents. Under Democrats, it rose 10.3 percent -- which means investors gained a whopping 41 percent more. And that figure is even higher if you factor in last year's nose-dive.

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Bidding on History

Geegaws. Get your Enron geegaws here.

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Good, those misery profiteers disgusted me.

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A year ago, everything seemed so different. I guess Yeats was right, things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.

A friend of mine left town today. It was a smart, if hard, decision on his part. Every once in a while in life, the best thing to do is just to move on. That's particularly true here and now. And even though it's for the best, I'm still sad to see him go. Sometimes people who are the hardest to love are those who need and deserve it the most. I'll miss you, Matthew.

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9.24.2002

Stupid visitors.

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9.20.2002

Tiger attacks boy (sounds like the kid needs stitches, but is okay). Meet the Animal Ambassador her ownself, Sima.

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"Draw your own conclusions"
Drawn. (thanks tim!)

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It's Empire

Bush Outlines Strategy of Preemptive Strikes

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Jane Holtz Kay has an excellent Op-Ed in today's New York Times on reclaiming a city (in this case Boston) from the automobile. I read her book Asphalt Nation a few years ago, it's a great read for anyone interested in city planning or transportation issues.

Which reminds me. Next Friday is the 10th anniversary of Critical Mass.



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We're Number 6!

Dammit! My life has no meaning unless we have a larger economy than the French.

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9.19.2002

Most of the money, $9 billion, would help pay for the first leg of the system, which would connect Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno and San Francisco.

This is great news. Really excellent. I've gone back and forth from SF to LA quite a few times, driving, flying and, um, training, yar. Although I vastly prefer the train, it's often cheaper to fly, and certainly faster, yar. For a rail line to work between the Bay Area and LA, it needs to a) cost less than $50 a ticket and b) deliver passengers in less than three hours.

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Fool me once and. Um. Wait. I know this one. Won't get fooled again? Yeah. That's it. Or something.

Nice one Dubya. Yar.

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[Yar] My favorite thing about owning a laptop, is being able to drag it outside on beautiful days. Right now, it's 72 degrees outside (which is like 90 in real weather). The high today is projected to be 86 (f), that'd be 30 to the Europeans in the house. Me gusta California.[/Yar]

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Yaaaarrrrr!!!!!

Don't forget what day it be.



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Happy Birthday

Happy 30th Birthday KBK, ye scurvy dog.

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9.18.2002

Google Search: "go to hell" (via the pile)

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In this month's (10/2K2) issue of Wired, there's a story on page 118 that actually has the audacity to begin with the lede, "Everything you assumed about telecommunications is about to change."

What? Oh, yeah. Okay.

You know, I already heard that commercial a few years ago. I've really sort of moved on with my life. But thanks all the same.

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Me: Yeah, when I woke up today something smelled funny. It was the electrical adapter for my DSL modem. It had gotten really hot, and the plastic was melting on the side and it had nearly started a fire. I need a new one.

Earthlink: Yes, that's a known issue.

Me: WHAT?!? You KNEW about this and you haven't recalled all of them? Do you understand someone could die?

Earthlink: No, no one could die.

Me: What do you mean no one could die? If it starts a fire, it could kill someone.

Earthlink: That hasn't happened.

Well in any case, thanks for the superior customer service! I'll be sure to recommend Earthlink to everyone!

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9.17.2002

Obligatory link of the day swiped directly from MetaFilter. Listen to the music play here.

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I Remember California

i love my coffeeshop

I love going to my coffeeshop, Central Coffee, in the morning. There's nothing too fancy about it, but it's ground zero for our part of the neighborhood. A fancier, spiffier place with sandwiches, ice-cream and a mural just opened on the same block. At the new Albertsons, two blocks away, another Starbucks is opening (bringing the total number of Starbucks at the intersection to two.) Three other independent coffee shops are closeby. But Central is mine. I'll walk past the others. I'll say good-morning to Ali, Julie, or Wendy. I'll get a large (not venti) cup of dark roast (not moccafrappaducksbutt). I don't ususally stick around. Today I did. Filling out visa forms; saying goodbye in a way. From where I sat, in the window, I looked out at the ugliest dog in the world. And watched, as he bent back, and took two enormous licks, of his doggie butthole.

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Sometimes, here, when the weather is nice, and everything glows white pink and yellow under the Photoshop(TM) sky, I'll swear California is only a dream. Beat Happening on my headphones. Everything is as I want it to be. I'm nearly 30 and never younger. Lemons, limes, and tangerines.

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It's sad. But not really surprising. R.I.P. Dee Dee.

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Postcards from Thailand

Want a postcard?. Not one of those electronic ones, but a genuine dead tree or plant of some sort soaked in chemicals, flattened, and imprinted with some sort of tourist-oriented photograph?

email me your postal addy before 10/01

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excellent!

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Also, because you are nerd, this shit here cracks you up.

Er... Okay, guilty.

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9.16.2002

Yuggy Rules

go go goopymart

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The Weapons Inspectors are in, and so are the warplanes.

I'm guessing The White House will still want a regime change, however.

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Well it's about damn time somebody started asking.

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Japanese commercial bonanza. Be sure to check out The Simpsons. They are quite naked.

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Shameless Self Promotion

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I've got a short story in the new issue of Mother Jones. I also have pieces in the September and October issues of Macworld. (And of course I've got the column that runs every other week in The Sun.) Please support these fine publications.

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9.15.2002

Look who's numero uno on Google Why it's our old pal destiny and his popumentorium extravaganza of um. Yeah. (hey and thanks for the link!)

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Nice Work Agent Eunice

Since Friday, the hospital has asked the [three Islamic medical] students to transfer somewhere else after receiving numerous threats. Hospital president Dr. Jack Michel said Saturday his hospital has received an overwhelming number of e-mails and phone calls that he described as "threatening, ethnic, racial e-mails directed at Muslim-Americans."

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Mr. Bush offered only an unusually comprehensive version of the usual laundry list. Saddam is violating the sanctions, he tried to assassinate Poppy, he's late on his mortgage payments, he tips 10 percent, he has an unjustifiable fondness for "My Way," he gassed his own people, he doesn't turn down the front brim of his hat.

There was no more attempt to tie Saddam to Osama. The hawks don't know if Osama is dead or alive, but they know that Saddam is alive and they can make him dead.


As usual, Maureen Dowd's column amuses me and has me nodding. But her (very apt) question should be higher up in this story, rather than saved as a kicker. The very Americans who need to be asking that question won't make it past the rhetoric to ever read it.

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9.14.2002




I've returned.

Lessons Learned:
1. Always transfer your images right away (I lost 109 pictures to a CF card that went Bonaduce on me).
2. Some things never change. Others do.
3. Call your mother, she misses you.
4. Never miss the opportunity to share the bed with your dog.
5. I'm often wrong.

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9.09.2002

Ever hear of the Orang Pendek, or Indonesian Yeti? Me either. But it just might exist.

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Yar!

Shiver me timbers, this be the grandest idea ever I did see.

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Soon.

I shall return very soon.

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9.02.2002

redrum

Lord knows that Kuro5hin is one of the most popular sites on all of the whole wide electronet, and what with the MeFi link and all it's spread from here to timbuktomato... But this tale of revenge simply must be read to be believed. Or disbelieved, as the case may be.

What do you think? Murder confession, or posturing?

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Looking for me? Here I am.

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